Montag, 23. Oktober 2006

"Arrogant" US Has Failed, Says Spin Doctor

Washington's top foreign affairs spin doctor has described US policy in Iraq as "a failure," and accused his government of "arrogance" and "stupidity."

Cindy Sheehan: Is It Vietnam Yet?

Cindy Sheehan writes: "With the mid-term elections looming dangerously close, and with public opinion in opposition to George's failed foreign policies crossing the two-thirds mark, the White House announced that they are going to present their puppet government of Iraq with a 'timetable' for US withdrawal. This reminds me of Richard Nixon's 'secret plan' to remove US troops from Vietnam that he touted in his narrow electoral victory over Hubert Humphrey in 1968."

How Close to Catastrophe? Saving the Planet Will Require Community Effort

Bill McKibben writes: "The recent election-driven decision by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to embrace a comprehensive set of climate change measures shows that such political action is possible; on the other side of the continent, a Labor Day march across Vermont helped to persuade even the most right-wing of the state's federal candidates to endorse an ambitious program against global warming."

It's About Checks and Balances

Scott Galindez writes: "No matter what your position is on Iraq, as the costs spiral out of control, there has been a glaring lack of oversight from Congress. It is apparent to everyone that changes need to happen, but as long as Congress refuses to come forward and hold real oversight hearings and a real debate, the failed policies of the executive branch go unchallenged."


A False Strategy for Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Patrick McElwee argues that the use of nuclear non-proliferation as justification for threats to attack Iran looks like a sham, just as it was shown to be a sham in Iraq. This impression gets even stronger when we compare the behavior of the Bush administration toward the real proliferators of this group (excluding for the moment the biggest proliferators - declared nuclear powers, including the United States, who are obligated under the NPT to work toward disarmament).

Fear of Skewed Elections Due to Electronic Voting on the Rise

Computer experts and government officials have voiced serious concerns that if electronic voting machines malfunction, no paper record will exist for a recount. Even worse is the fear that an election could be hacked. Princeton University researchers using an Accuvote TS - a touch screen version of the Diebold machine - showed how easy it would be to deploy a virus that would, in seconds, flip the vote of any election.

"Grundrechtsterroristen": Demonstration in Bielefeld gegen Überwachung


Am vergangenen Freitag demonstrierten in Bielefeld rund 300 Menschen "gegen den Sicherheits- und Überwachungswahn". Unter dem Motto "Freiheit statt Angst" folgten sie einem Aufruf des Arbeitskreises Vorratsdatenspeicherung und 17 weiterer Unterstützergruppen, darunter Attac, der Chaos Computer Club und die Humanistische Union. Patrick Breyer vom Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung sagte auf der Demonstration: "Die wahre Gefahr für unsere Demokratie sind nicht Terroristen in Afghanistan sondern Grundrechtsterroristen hier in Deutschland."

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

"Drohenden Notstand demonstrieren": Ärzte drohen wegen Gesundheitsreform mit Praxisschließungen


Im Rahmen der Proteste gegen die geplante Gesundheitsreform wollen die niedergelassenen Ärzte in Deutschland ab Dezember in einzelnen Regionen ihre Praxen schließen. Es werde eine bundesweite Welle solcher Aktionen geben, kündigte der Vorsitzende des Hartmannbundes, Kuno Winn, am Montag in Berlin an. Mit den Praxisschließungen solle zunächst bis Mitte März kommenden Jahres exemplarisch jeweils an drei Tagen in der Woche der drohende Notstand in der wohnortnahen und flächendeckenden Versorgung demonstriert werden, erklärte Winn.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

"Selbstbetrug des eigenen Gewissens": Ärzte kritisieren eine fortschreitende Ökonomisierung des Gesundheitssystems


Auf einem Kongress der Internationalen Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges, Ärzte in sozialer Verantwortung (IPPNW) kritisierten viele der rund 1000 Teilnehmer und 70 Referenten am Wochenende eine "fortschreitende Ökonomisierung des Gesundheitssystems". Auf dem Kongress mit dem Titel "Medizin und Gewissen - Im Streit zwischen Markt und Solidarität" wurde statt dessen für mehr "Solidarität zwischen Ärzten, Pflegern und Patienten" geworben. "Es herrschte unter den Teilnehmern weitgehend Einigkeit darüber, dass in der derzeitigen Debatte zu sehr über ökonomische Aspekte diskutiert wird", so Stephan Kolb, Mitorganisator des Kongresses. Ein Mensch, gerade als Patient, dürfe nicht auf sein Dasein als homo oeconomicus reduziert werden. Der Reformbedarf im Gesundheitssystem werde dabei keinesfalls ignoriert, es komme aber darauf an, dass Effizienzsteigerungen und Kosteneinsparungen nicht zulasten von Patienten und Ärzten erreicht würden.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Politikverdrossenheit: mehr als 200.000 Menschen protestierten gegen die Politik der Regierung


Mehr als 200.000 Menschen protestierten nach Gewerkschaftsangaben am Samstag auf Demonstrationen in Stuttgart, Berlin, Dortmund, München und Frankfurt am Main gegen die Politik der Bundesregierung. Der DGB-Vorsitzende Michael Sommer mahnte in seiner Rede auf der Hauptkundgebung in Stuttgart die Große Koalition, "den heutigen Warnruf aus der Mitte der Gesellschaft nicht zu ignorieren". Die Vorgängerregierung sei damit "politisch gescheitert". "Wenn die Regierung ihre Reformpolitik nicht am Maßstab sozialer Gerechtigkeit ausrichtet", so Sommer, "fürchte ich, dass unsere Demokratie dauerhaft Schaden nimmt". Der DGB-Vorsitzende warnte vor der wachsenden Politikverdrossenheit und erinnerte an die jüngsten Wahlerfolge rechter Parteien.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Tell Democratic Incumbents To Support Their OWN Party Candidates Who Want To Stop The War



First, we have ongoing good news. Twenty nominated Democratic candidates for Congress on the Peace Team now have their own versions of the Lie/Die spot, which so effectively confronts the Bush administration on their Iraq lies. We have raised over $50,000 dollars in support of these campaigns, including one magnificent donor already who gave the LEGAL LIMIT to ten candidates each. Democratic senate candidate Jean Hay Bright is featuring her Lie/Die spot in Maine. Ted Ankrum is just about to hit the air waves in TX-10 with his, and all the other candidates are looking to buy as much time as they can for this election swinging campaign commercial.

Every Republican strategist is desperate to get the subject off of Iraq, and their devastating poll numbers on the issue of their duplicitous failure there. Every Republican candidate is running away from their rubber stamping of a foreign policy that was arrogant, ignorant and wrong on its face. The more pressure we apply there the more we win real substantive policy change by getting these hard-hitting Lie/Die spots on the TV.

Now is the time for all current Democratic INCUMBENTS, most of whom can practically coast through this election, to lend a hand to the courageous NON-incumbents they will need to add to their caucus to build the new progressive majority. Without picking on anyone in particular, many have huge war chests which are just sitting idle right now. This is all while there are 10-20 seats that could be swung with the equivalent of political chicken feed, especially in this election, as day by day more seats are moved from the so-called safe column to being considered competitive.

When we have the compelling advantage as we do now, THAT'S when we are supposed to pour it on, to turn longshots into close races, and to turn close races into landslides. Yet we have talked to candidate after candidate who tell us they us they have gotten no help from the DCCC, who tell us the party has so far just kicked them to the curb. That is why your contributions are making all the difference in the world. And what we need to do now is appeal to INDIVIDUAL Democratic incumbents, who truly are safe in this election, to lend a hand to help pull up the candidates they will need to have voting with them in our new Congress.


What we are asking you to do with this alert, is to contact your Democratic incumbents and expressly ask them to contribute to the candidates on the Peace Team who have their Lie/Die spots. You can tell them that you have yourself contributed $5 or $10, or whatever you can personally afford. Ask them if they AGREE with the premise of the Peace Team, that our troops in Iraq need to start coming home now. And if they do, ask them to visit the Peace Team dot net site and make whatever donation then can be inspired to make, to help these brave candidates who are standing together, and with THEM, on the most important and overriding issue of our time.

The special action page above has a lookup function where you can get the local phone and fax numbers of all their district offices. Use the form to send an email, but just as critically, call on the phone and ask to speak to their political director. Ask them to visit the Peace Team dot net site where with one click anybody can make a donation to all the Peace Team candidates at once who have their Lie/Die spots ready to go.

We have asked our members of Congress to listen to us many times, and many times they HAVE, as recently as when we stopped the approval of yet another unwarranted estate tax gift to the most selfish of the rich. Ask them to step up to the plate, even as we ourselves are doing right now, to help pull up their future congressional colleagues by their bootstraps, as they can easily afford to do.

If you just want to make your own contribution, please use this page directly.


Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours.

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Der in Deutschland zugelassene Gentech-Mais MON 810 ist nicht ausreichend geprüft

Der in Deutschland zugelassene Gentech-Mais MON 810 ist nicht ausreichend geprüft, befinden österreichische Behörden.

US-Geheimdienst entwickelt ein Folgeprojekt des Total Information Awareness Program (TIA)

US-Geheimdienst entwickelt ein Folgeprojekt des Total Information Awareness Program (TIA), die Ausschreibung weist auf Hunderte von Überwachungsprojekten wie das vom Kongress verbotene TIPS-Programm hin.

Irak: Die Schwierigkeit der US-Regierung mit der Selbstkritik

Former delegate gets purported Diebold code,0,5237249.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

Informant: Debi Clark

Petro-Cartel Triumphs In Iraq

by Joshua Holland, Alternet

Four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up Iraq's massive reserves—known to everyone in the petroleum industry as "the prize."

Why are we looking for military solutions to ecological problems?

War Climates

One election result is already clear: voters are giving the right a strong rebuke

Too Conservative For America

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Bush: ‘We’ve Never Been Stay The Course’

Democrats, Independents and Goldwater Conservatives,

If we don't win the elections locally, turn in your voter's registration card and sign up for your RFID chip at the nearest Homeland Labor Office.

Don't EVER talk about taking back ANYTHING. We have the numbers, and there is NO EXCUSE.

Frank J. Gonzalez
Nov. 7 candidate for Florida's U.S. House Dist. 21 vs. incumbent Bush Republican Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Post Office Box 832586
Miami, FL 33283-2586
cell: 786-287-7491
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"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state."

--founder of the Democratic Party, 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)


US 'cannot stay course' in Iraq

The US is not winning in Iraq and will not be able to stay the course in the long-term, a US state department insider has said.

From Information Clearing House


A Study in Constant Motion

"'We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve,' said George W. Bush during a press conference in December of 2003 ... 'And so we've got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course,' Bush said again on April 5th, 2004. On the 13th of that month, he said, 'And my message today to those in Iraq is: We'll stay the course.' Three days later, he said, 'And that's why we're going to stay the course in Iraq. And that's why when we say something in Iraq, we're going to do it.' In August of 2005, he said, 'We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq.' A year later, in Utah, he said, 'We will stay the course.' ... This past Sunday, George Stephanopoulos put the question to Bush in an interview for ABC's "This Week" news show. 'James Baker,' said Stephanopoulos, 'says that he's looking for something between 'cut and run' and 'stay the course.'' Bush's reply? 'Well, hey, listen, we've never been 'stay the course,'" writes William Rivers Pitt.


Course correction

by John Dickerson


President Bush likes to say Democrats belong 'to the party of cut and run.' He continues to say this even though the administration's strategy for insisting on timetables from Iraqi leaders is becoming harder to distinguish from plans put forward by Democrats. But now the Bush administration is having problems fighting off labels. White House officials have banished the phrase 'stay the course' from presidential speeches and public comments. They claim it mischaracterizes the administration's Iraq policy. The linguistic gamesmanship may be absurd, but it's true that 'stay the course' hasn't been President Bush's policy for a while, if it ever was. On the ground, U.S. military tactics have been shifting all the time. Unfortunately, this semantic truth should comfort no one, least of all Republicans. The problem in Iraq is not that new tactics haven't been tried. It's that they have been, and they've failed...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Watch Bush Administration BOLDLY LIE on "Stay the Course!"

At last, a piece from the Democratic Party worth forwarding heavily.

This is absolutely fantastic, and it was very, very easy to do.

You must motivate your neighbors to go out to vote for candidates like me who are here to stop this insanity. If we don't win, given the many reasons Republican voters will stay home this time around, it's because YOU don't want to win. You won't be able to blame ANYONE else.

Frank J. Gonzalez
Nov. 7 candidate for Florida's U.S. House Dist. 21 vs. incumbent Bush Republican Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Post Office Box 832586
Miami, FL 33283-2586
cell: 786-287-7491
Email address:
Official campaign site:
Facebook campaign site:
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Email list of campaign updates & issues commentary:

"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state."

--founder of the Democratic Party, 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)


"Stability First:" Newspeak for rape of Iraq
Asia Times
by Pepe Escobar


It's not the first time Baghdad has been sacked. Genghis Khan's grandson did it, and so did Tamerlan. In the good old days, they built pyramids of skulls. This time around, they coin nice names, like 'Stability First' and 'Redeploy and Contain.' 'Staying the Course' is out of favor, but no matter, they all amount to the same thing: rape...

Don't not stay the course
by Will Durst


That's right; George Bush is cutting and running from 'stay the course.' This doesn't mean he's a Defeatlican, though. Because 'we are winning in Iraq and will continue to win.' And you'd better hope we do, because if this is winning, you really, really don't want to see what losing looks like. He went on to speak of the differences between 'a timetable' and 'benchmarks,' declaring one to be the way of the winner and the other the path to Loserville City. Now, as to which is which, your guess is as good as anybody's. And that probably includes his own staff. It definitely includes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who either has or hasn't agreed to benchmarks or timetables or touchstones or yardsticks, although a Donald Rumsfeld yard sign looks to be entirely out of the question...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp




Bush The Cheerleader

by Ray McGovern,

Despite what they say, it's still "stay the course"--of more Americans dying needlessly.


Staying the Course Right Over a Cliff


Iraqis and Americans must read the information below. They must watch the two videos. And then they, and people over the world, must ask the U.S. government for a full and open explanation of what happened at Camp Falcon, Baghdad, on the 10th of October 2006.

From Information Clearing House

Militärische Niederlage der US-Besatzung vervollständigt sich

The Republican war on America: warrantless searches

Liberty For All
by George Phillies


Do you use the telephone or Internet? If you do, the Federal government is probably listening. Private telephone companies without being served with a warrant allowed their own employees and Federal agents to install signal splitters so that every telephone call that passed through major offices was divided, one signal being diverted to the Federal government. There is a pretense that the contents of messages were not read, only the addresses, but this claim is physically impossible...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Peace and free trade: "One and the same cause"

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman


The Nobel Peace Prize this year went to a different sort of activist. Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi economics professor, and his Grameen Bank won the prize for pioneering the concept of microcredit, small loans made to poor producers who because they lack collateral can't get conventional bank loans. 'Lasting peace cannot be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty,' the Nobel committee said. 'Microcredit is one such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Christians in the crossfire

The American Conservative
by Doug Bandow


The killing in Iraq continues, and support for the occupation is waning even among Christian conservatives. It would likely fall further if they were aware of what Fred Markert, director of Terra Nova missions, calls the 'horrible, horrible climate for Christians in Iraq.' Before the invasion, Christians argued over the criteria of a just war. But Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, asked another question: had war supporters 'thought about their obligation to the Christian community in Iraq?'

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The rise of an American dictatorship

Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory


Essentially, an 'enemy combatant' is anyone the president or defense secretary says it is. Sure, there's a tribunal, but this is a technicality, since the Act authorizes the president and the defense secretary to establish such tribunals. Executive decree has replaced the rule of law. Such 'enemy combatants' have no due process rights whatsoever. They can be detained and tortured, never being confronted by an accuser, never being presented to a judge with any charges made against them. This means, basically, that the president is a dictator. The powers he now has are no less tyrannical and absolute than those of any third-world ruler...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Lies in the service of evil

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber


I return to the eternal favorite example of all the secret (and some brazenly boastful) sadists and moral obscenities posing as human beings in our midst. I refer to those individuals who seek to justify torture by use of the 'ticking bomb' scenario. Several examples of this fundamentally dishonest tactic have surfaced recently (about which, more below), so the subject perhaps merits treatment in the following form. Of course, since the 'legitimacy' of torture has now been sanctified by the Military Commissions Act, one could argue that the debate is moot. Still, we do not know to what extent this legislation will be utilized. Since we may continue to speak freely (at least, until after the next terrorist attack on our own shores), the preferable view might be that we should battle evil as long as we can...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Thank you, soldier, but you needn't fight for my freedoms

Populist Party
by Ben Tanosborn


I may be helping to pay the fare for the military, but I much prefer to get nothing in return. I mean nothing! Soldiers, regardless of status or branch of service, are not fighting to defend our country from enemy nations, nor are they fighting any frontlines of the war on terror. They are just fighting to please the Lord of the Manor, no one else. As for the idea that they are fighting for our freedoms, it borders on the ridiculous, or perhaps the puerile. The fighting that American troops are engaged in overseas is taking away other peoples' freedoms -- freedom of identity, culture and self-worth -- which could easily boomerang and put ours at great peril...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How to stay out of Gitmo

by Susie Day


In case you've been too stunned by other newsworthy disasters to pay proper attention, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 was just signed into law. This law gives the U.S. government legal permission to do things they've been doing sub-legally for years, such as: designate people as 'unlawful enemy combatants'; deny these people the right of habeas corpus; detain them for years without charges; and obtain evidence through 'coercion.' If it only affected immigrants and foreigners captured in battle, this law would be bad enough -- but when we learn that it also permits U.S. citizens to be deemed 'enemy combatants,' it's time to ACT! Here, then, are some tips on proving to the feds that you are not the enemy...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Are electronic voting machines secure?


The American Prospect
by Genevieve Smith


What will happen in November? Are electronic voting machines secure? One need not believe in a vast plot to rig the elections to take those questions seriously -- and to be pessimistic about the answers. When Princeton researchers announced in September that the Diebold Accuvote TS voting machine software was vulnerable to tampering, it was the first time that independent computer scientists had confirmed the weaknesses long suspected in techie circles. A few days later, in a minute-and-a-half segment on Fox News, Professor Edward Felten demonstrated just how easy it would be to steal an election...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Lobby, unmasked

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Americans getting rich off Iraq

Free Market News Network
by Noel Gibeson


Most people have long been aware of the money being made by contractors in Iraq such as Kellogg Brown & Root's Halliburton, Dick Cheney's old company. Not only has there been over-billing and more than eight million dollars that is simply unaccounted for, but those dollars just keep rolling in to Halliburton and others anyway. It is wonderful when a company does not have to submit a competitive bid in order to be awarded a very lucrative, non-competitive contract. But those companies are not the real reason our young men are dying every day in god-forsaken Iraq. And we all know it certainly wasn't the Weapons of Mass Destruction either -- that was a lie. In fact, the real and only reason the U.S. is in Iraq is to divide up the massive oil reserves... [editor's note: Actually, it is Halliburton which owns KB&R, not the other way around - TLK]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Judge orders Cheney visitor logs opened

Cedar Rapids Gazette


A federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to release information about who visited Vice President Dick Cheney's office and personal residence, an order that could spark a late election-season debate over lobbyists' White House access. While researching the access lobbyists and others had on the White House, The Washington Post asked in June for two years of White House visitor logs. The Secret Service refused to process the request, which government attorneys called 'a fishing expedition into the most sensitive details of the vice presidency'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Santorum in fight for political future

San Francisco Chronicle


There is probably no one the left would rather see defeated this November than Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. The two-term Republican is a reliable ally of President Bush on matters from Iraq to confirming judges. He is a religious conservative who has spoken out against abortions, gay unions and contraception. He is a liaison to the business community and a consistent vote against environmental regulation. He is No. 3 in the GOP's Senate hierarchy. By most measures, he is the most vulnerable incumbent in the Senate. With just more than two weeks remaining before election day, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. leads Santorum in surveys by anywhere from 5 to 13 percentage points. Democrats regard Santorum's seat as the surest bet of the six GOP seats they need to win a Senate majority...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Carter Says Bush Partly to Blame for North Korea Test

Former President Jimmy Carter said on Friday the Bush administration was partly responsible for North Korea's decision to test a nuclear device by isolating the Asian country, and he urged Washington to change course and talk with Pyongyang.

Bush's Absolute Power Grab


Law allows torture, even if Bush doesn't call it that

President Bush on Tuesday signed into law the Military Commissions Act, a law that will go down in history as an obscenity against liberty and decency.

Millions Stolen From Iraq's Treasury

More than half a billion dollars earmarked to fight the insurgency in Iraq was stolen by people the U.S. had entrusted to run the country's Ministry of Defense before the 2005 elections, according to Iraqi investigators.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq mayhem triggers hunt for exit strategy in US and UK

Foreign Office urges talks with Syria and Iran, as militia seize city left by British.,,1928037,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Iraq is no Vietnam it's far worse than that

A political solution, the only secure way to achieve peace in Iraq, has slipped across the horizon, as Sunni Arabs, Shi’ite Arabs and Sunni Kurds recoil into the protection of the clan, the tribe and the ethnic or religious family. After each round of violence a cycle of revenge follows.,,29449-2415267,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Iraqi youth want U.S. troops to withdraw

Majorities of Iraqi youth in Arab regions of the country believe security would improve and violence decrease if the U.S.-led forces left immediately, according to a State Department poll that provides a window into the grim warnings provided to policymakers.

UNHCR: Three million uprooted Iraqis face "bleak future"

UNHCR estimates that more than 1.5 million Iraqis are internally displaced in Iraq, including some 800,000 who fled their homes prior to 2003 and 750,000 who have fled since. A further 1.6 million Iraqis are refugees in neighbouring countries, the majority in Syria and Jordan.

From Information Clearing House

Bloody battle for Amarah a glimpse of future

The militia headed by the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr yesterday took over the southern Iraqi city of Amarah, recently vacated by British forces, after a day of heavy fighting which left dozens killed, almost 100 injured and widespread damage to buildings.

From Information Clearing House

Genetically engineered crops contain latent pesticides that are activated when eaten by consumers

How Prescription Drugs Are Poisoning Our Waters


How Prescription Drugs Are Poisoning Our Waters

An aging population and our growing addiction to pharmaceuticals may have disastrous consequences for our water supply.

"Freiheit statt Angst": gegen Sicherheits- und Überwachungswahn

Grundrechte: Kommunikationsfreiheit und Datenschutz

Demonstration "Freiheit statt Angst" (20.10.2006)

„Heute wurde Bielefeld zur Hauptstadt des Datenschutzes und der Bürgerrechte: Mehr als 300 Menschen gingen unter dem Motto "Freiheit statt Angst" gegen Sicherheits- und Überwachungswahn auf die Straße…“ Pressemitteilung des Arbeitskreises Vorratsdatenspeicherung vom 21.10.06

Siehe auch Berichte, Videos und Fotos der Demo

und die Hör-Empfehlung des Tages: Bundestag United: Sicherheitswahn (Let the fear control your mind mix) (mp3, 7 MB, 6:56 Min.)

Terror und Kinderpornographie – Argumente für Kontrolle?

„Es sind immer wieder die gleichen Schlagworte die genutzt werden um stärkere Kontrollen zu rechtfertigen. Aber wem nutzen Forderungen wie das Speichern von Verbindungsdaten?...“ Artikel von Ingo Jäckels

Endloser Streit ums Urheberrecht. Allzu spät schalten sich nun die Kulturschaffenden in die Urheberrechtsdiskussion ein

„Das Gesetzgebungsverfahren um die Novellierung des Urheberrechts mäandert weiter vor sich hin. Reichlich spät haben nun auch Künstler, Kreative und Kopfarbeiter der Kulturindustrie begriffen, worum es dabei geht. Nachdem sich die Gerätehersteller schon vor Jahren für den "2. Korb" der Urheberrechtsnovelle munitioniert und ihre Interessen erfolgreich in Stellung gebracht haben, regt sich seit ein paar Monaten nun auch die Gegenseite. Die Akademie der Künste lud am Dienstagabend zum 5. Akademie-Gespräch "Reform gegen Urheber?" ein, um Bundesjustizministerin Brigitte Zypries endlich mit den Belangen der Kulturschaffenden zu konfrontieren…“ Artikel von Helmut Merschmann in telepolis vom 13.10.2006

Schilys Gesetze verschärft. »Otto-Kataloge« bleiben, Zentraldatei von Polizei und Geheimdiensten kommt

„Am Freitag hat der Bundestag in erster Lesung neue Einschränkungen der Bürgerrechte debattiert. Vor fünf Jahren wurde im beispiellosen Tempo die sogenannten »Otto-Kataloge« Schily I und SchilyII, benannt nach dem damaligen Bundesinnenminister Otto Schily (SPD), zur »Terrorismusbekämpfung« durchs Parlament gejagt. (…) Die Grünen stimmten damals all dem zu, verbreiteten aber zugleich die Illusion, durch eine Befristung auf fünf Jahre und die Pflicht zur Evaluierung würde das Schlimmste verhindert. So naiv, dies selbst zu glauben, waren sie aber nicht. Denn es kam jetzt, wie es kommen mußte: Die Evaluierung wurde von demselben Bundesinnenministerium durchgeführt, das maßgeblich die Schily-Gesetze formuliert hatte…“ Artikel von Ulla Jelpke in junge Welt vom 21.10.2006

Aus: LabourNet, 23. Oktober 2006

E-Smog im Schlafzimmer

Recipe for a Cooked Election


Recipe for a Cooked Election

By Greg Palast

A nasty little secret of American democracy is that, in every national election, ballots cast are simply thrown in the garbage. Most are called "spoiled," supposedly unreadable, damaged, invalid. They just don’t get counted. This “spoilage” has occurred for decades, but it reached unprecedented heights in the last two presidential elections. In the 2004 election, for example, more than three million ballots were never counted.

The Way the World Ends

Is Iraq Another Vietnam? It is Already Lost

What Has Invasion Unleashed in Iraqis?

Iraq: A Consensus Develops: Leave the Course

Global Warming Study Predicts Wild Ride

US Public at Risk from Radiation

Top US Diplomat: We have Shown 'Stupidity' and 'Arrogance' in Iraq

How Iraq Came Home to Haunt America

Democracy Battle In Florida

Link to voting ballot in Miami-Dade, Florida -STUDY IT & VOTE!!!
Link for Sample Ballots

Link for:

Jack Topel

Democracy Battle In Florida

Please forward to anyone you know in Florida

For those of you on these lists that live in Florida, please be aware that Amendment 3 is an attempt to limit the voting public's ability to have any control of our state government! The amendment is being pushed by big business and is another step in the direction of removing our freedoms.

- Jim

Democracy Battle In Florida


ELECTIONS 101, 19 October 2006

Voters in Florida should not fall victim to the slick advertising by corporate and other special interests. Their aim is to pass Amendment 3. Why? Because the corporatist state wants to up the percent of votes required to pass citizen ballot initiatives that amend Florida's constitution, from the current simple majority requirement to a supermajority of 60 percent. If this tactic succeeds, Florida would be the only state requiring such a supermajority for ballot measures and initiatives, and corporate interests will work to do the same in other states. Citizen ballot measures and initiatives are one of the few ways Americans in some states have to make laws, circumventing their corrupt legislatures. In Florida, citizens have passed laws that corporations do not like. One amendment banned the use of large commercial gill nets that had been wiping out vast schools of game fish while indiscriminately killing other species, including turtles. Legislators serving commercial fishing interests had refused to take action. The supermarket chain Publix and the Florida Chamber of Commerce were angry about a 2004 amendment raising the minimum wage to $6.15 an hour -- something their lackeys in the legislature had refused to do. Legislators refused to ban smoking in restaurants and bars, so health care groups took their case to the people in 2002. And Floridians banned public smoking. Here are a sampling of the businesses and special interests fighting direct democracy: the National Association of Home Builders, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the Florida Association of Realtors, U.S. Sugar, the St. Joe Co. [a huge land developer], Lykes Bros. Inc., the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Publix, the Florida Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association, the Florida Institute of CPAs, and the Florida Education Association.

Joel S. Hirschhorn is the author of Delusional Democracy - Fixing the
Republic Without Overthrowing the Government. His current political writings have been greatly influenced by working as a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress and for the National Governors Association. He advocates a Second American Revolution. See more of his writings at

Jim Langford
Orlando, Florida

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